Felony penalties for vicious dog attacks fail to win support

House Bill 717 sailed through committee in part because of several high-profile dog attacks in Georgia in the past year.

But the proposal failed 82-73 in a floor vote, with opponents voicing concerns about owners facing a year in jail for attacks.

The bill's sponsor, Rep. Penny Houston, R-Nashville, said she will ask for reconsideration Wednesday. That is Crossover Day, the last day a bill can typically clear one chamber in time for consideration in the other.

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